Istituto di San Giovanni Damasceno (Collegio Damasceno) is an Oriental College in Rome under the patronage of St. John Damascene. It gives accommodation to priests from the two Oriental Catholic Churches from India – Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara – who come to Rome for their higher studies with a scholarship from the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. The purpose of the College is to give an occasion to its members to live as a community during their studies of Licentiate or doctorate.
Originally it was meant for the Oriental priests as well as for the Latin priests working in the Oriental Churches. This project of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches was approved by Pope Pius XII on 2nd of October 1940, and was officially inaugurated on 4th of December 1940, the day of the feast of St. John Damascene. From the academic year 1996-1997, the College is reserved to the priests from the two Oriental Catholic Churches from India. In the academic year 2015-2016, there are 46 priests as members of this Institute – 35 from Syro-Malabar Church, and 11 from Syro-Malankara Church.